Rourkes of Ballintur in the Valuation Revision Books

 John Rourke, first revision book

John Rourke, first revision book

Note: this is a work in progress and might be incomplete or inaccurate, or both.

Below are the Rourke families listed in the Valuation Revision Books, 1864 to 1933, in County Down, Barony of Iveagh Upper-Upper Half, Parish of Kilbroney, Union of Kilkeel, Electoral Division of Killowen, Townland of Ballintur. The images can be found at the Public Records of Northern Ireland (PRONI) website.

The entries in the Valuation Revision Books are in order of plot number. These are references to locations on an 1851(?) Ordnance Survey Map that is also referred to by Griffith's Valuation. The map is said to be online for a fee at www.origins.net and at findmypast.ie.  It may also be available at a good genealogy library.

Plot numbers are listed first, then entries by year with information for that year:

1A, 1Ba, 1C,1Da
1865: John Rourke, Cmmr[?]. lessor: Trustees of the Kilmorey Estate.
1867: revalued. section 1Ba removed
1870: occupier now James Rourke
1881: lessor now: Earl of Kilmorey
1883: revalued upward
1907: occupier now Francis Rourke
1909: revalued all land as one piece.
1913: In fee. stamped L.A.P.
1920: occupier now Sarah Rourke

1Bd
1865: Peter Kelly. Lessor: John Rourke, Jr.
1868: some change, couldn't tell what
1869: name and all information crossed off.

2B
1865: Edward Sloane. Lessor: Owen Rourke
1867: Lessor now is Trustees of the Kilmorey Estate.
1869: Occupier now is Edward Rourke

2Bd
1865: Nicholas Brennan. Lessor: Felix Rourke
1869: name and all information crossed off.

all of plot 2 (no subdivision as earlier)
1881: Edward Sloane. lessor now: Earl of Kilmorey

3B
1865: Felix Rourke. Lessor: Trustees of the Kilmorey Estate.
1867 or 1869: occupier now is Thomas Rourke
1867 or 1869 or 1874: occupier now is Alice Rourke

3
Occupier of all still Alice Rourke but lessor did not change, but may be an error.
1888: occupier now Niomiar? Rourke
before 1901: page opens with occupier Thomas Rourke
1913: In fee. stamped L.A.P.
1913: occupier: Felix Rourke

6
1865: David Sloane. Lessor: John Rourke Cmmr[?]
1869: John Rourke Sen. Lessor: Trustees of the Kilmorey Estate.
1872: occupier now James Rourke
1881: lessor now: Earl of Kilmorey
1907: occupier now Francis Rourke
1913: In fee. stamped L.A.P.
1920: occupier now Sarah Rourke

7Aa, 7b
1865: Edward Sloane. Lessor: Owen Rourke. Land
1867: Lessor now Trustees of the Kilmorey Estate. Land, house, and office

8
1865: Owen Rourke. Lessor: Trustees of the Kilmorey Estate.
undated, possibly 1873 based on next page: occupier now Edward Sloane

11d and CE7 [?]
before 1901: page opens with occupier Thomas Rourke
9B, 9C, 9D, 9E, 9F, pt 11
1913: change of occupier from Thomas Rourke to Felix Rourke

23C, 23Ec
1865: occupier: Edward Rourke. Lessor: Trustees of the Kilmorey Estate. House, office, land. Valued at 18 Pounds, 15 Shillings.
1867: Split 1/2 and 1/2 to Edward Rourke and John Rourke. Value of Edward's share: 9 Pounds, 10 Shillings. Value of John's share: 9 Pounds, 5 Shillings.
1873: sole occupier: John Rourke. Value 9 Pounds
1881: lessor now: Earl of Kilmorey
to 1895, 1896: no changes
no changes until at least 1909
1913: In fee. stamped L.A.P.

23D, 23Ea
1873: Edward Rourke. Lessor Trustees of the Kilmorey Estate. House, office, land. Value 9 Pounds, 5 shillings.
1881: lessor now: Earl of Kilmorey
1895: Reps
1896: says "of nt"  ??
1913: In fee. stamped L.A.P.

23Eb, 24:
1884: occupier: Bridget Feran Junr. lessor: Earl of Kilmorey. valued at 4 Pounds, 15 Shillings.
1885: occupier now Edward Rourke. valued at 3 Pounds 5 Shillings, or 3 Pounds 15 Shillings.
1895: "Reps"
1896: scratched out "Reps"

21 and 23Eb
before 1901 and until at least 1909: occupier: Edward Rourke
1913: In fee. stamped L.A.P.

For more on John Rourke see John Rourke of Ballintur, Killowen, County Down.

Credits

Transcription taken from the Public Records of Northern Ireland (PRONI) website.
Image is from the PRONI site and is subject to Crown copyright protection

Branch River Journal
Most of the information here is about my family or my wife’s, or about families with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, or the area near Rostrevor and Kilkeel in County Down, Ireland. There are also some unrelated families included that I came across. Whatever the case, I hope the material is helpful in your own research.
-- Ed Hamilton